BOHEMIANS boss Aaron Callaghan has agreed a new two-year deal with the club which will also see veteran Owen Heary stay.
And the Gypsies manager hopes to persuade most of last season's squad to put pen to paper once the Dalymount board finalise their playing budget for the 2013 season.
Callaghan and his assistant Heary took charge at Bohs last season, both on a 12-month contract which has now expired but the club want to keep the managerial team in place for the new season.
"We have agreed a two-year contract extension which is good news as it will give the club and the squad stability," says Callaghan.
"And once I have a budget in place I can start finalising deals for the players as I'd like to keep most of last season's squad intact.
Midfielder Adam Martin has been released and he is so far the only confirmed departure from the club, but Callaghan admits that he's unlikely to have star defenders Evan McMillan and Kevin Feely on board for 2013.
A cross-channel move likely for Feely while McMillan is being chased by Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers.
Praise for Bamford
FORMER IRELAND youth cap Patrick Bamford has earned comparisons with Fernando Torres after a stunning debut for MK Dons following his loan move from Chelsea.
The teenager was on target in a 5-1 win for the Dons over Colchester United, and manager Karl Robinson is glad to have him on board.
Bamford, who cost Chelsea £1.5m when they signed him from Nottingham Forest earlier this year, qualified for Ireland via the grandparent rule and was capped at U18 level by the Republic but he has since played for England's U19s and the FAI fear that the player has made a final decision to play for the English side.
"Patrick's a real talent - he's got a Fernando Torres style about him," said Robinson.
"He had a phenomenal turn of pace for the penalty and he's set up three goals up on Saturday, had two or three shots and he was always a threat."
Cox sweats on injury
IRELAND international Simon Cox faces an anxious wait for news on a serious injury which he picked up on club duty with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Cox was stretchered off after a clash with Kevin Foley during Forest's win over Wolves.
"He heard a crack and as soon as the physios went to him they said he needed a stretcher," said Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll.
"He's gone back to Nottingham for an X-ray."
-- Aidan Fitzmaurice